Just wanted to let you know the outcome of my 10-20 Loop antenna. It's been up now for awhile and working great. I am feeding it with 450 ohm LL to a Balun Designs 4:1 5 KW balun, then a short run of 9913 coax into shack to radio.
Antenna is built well and personally I still think at your new $249 price for it, it is still too cheap. For the quality and use I see with it, I would say closer to $298 would be right. Only one question I have....how do you keep the birds off it? What a mess they make for the base concrete and surrounding walkway below it. See Pictures. Has anyone tried black wire ties on it every 2-3 inches to see if that would keep the birds off it? Don't say try a plastic owl because after awhile they know because it doesn't move.
Anyways the antenna looks good and is well built. I will lower tower once a year for inspection to see if any parts are bad. I know on my old Mosley beam antenna that I do not have anymore, the insulators would only last several years before cracking from the heat and cold here. Hopefully yours will be better or should I order an extra set just incase?
Thanks for a great product. You should advertise it more because it's a winner.
73 Ron NEVADA
Dec. 24, 2010
P.s./---- Pete most of my activity
on 20 meters is DX. This is greatly better than an elevated verticle
I compared it with.
Email received from Ron above
on April 21, 2014 with regard to some of the DX he has worked
on the older design 7 foot per side loop:
Dx has been great with the antenna. Lately have worked 8Q7KP, FT5ZM, RI1ANV, 9A4W, AND 3B9FR.
73 Ron N7.. in Nevada
8Q7KP 18.145 MHZ
FT5ZM 14.185 & 18,128 MHZ
RI1ANV 14.207 MHZ
9A4W 28.436 MHZ
3B9FR 24.902 MHZ
All on the square HF loop.
Size-7 1/2 feet per side
Element Material- 3/8" dia. solid aluminum rod
Cross boom- 1" square aluminum with boom to mast assembly
Maximum Mast Size- 2 " nominal
Element Fastening Clamps- Acetal (Delrin) UV stabilized
Bolt Sizes- On element clamps, 1/4-20 and Delrin Clamps, 5/16-18 Stainless Steel
Feed Point Connector- SO-239 in die cast aluminum box. Feed with 50 ohm coax for strictly 20 meter operation or feed with 450 ohm window line or 600 ohm open wire line for five band operation.
Matching System for 20 meter operation- Beta match with adjustable shorting bar. No tuner required when used only on 20 meters with coax feed.
Measured SWRfirstname.lastname@example.org:8 to 1, 14.10mhz-1.4 to 1, 14.20mhz,1.2 to 1, 14.30mhz, 1:0 to 1, 14.35mhz, 1:1 to 1 using coax feed and no tuner.
Freq. Range-20,17,15,12,10 and 6 meters using 450 ohm window line and tuner, 20 meters using 50 ohm coax feed and no tuner.Will tune on 6 meters if you have a radio with a built in tuner. Use good low loss coax for this such as LMR 400.
Antenna is basically a 20 meter full half wave dipole formed into a square using 3/8" dia. solid rod as the radiating elements. Has some unique characteristics, for example it has a low take off angle on all bands from 20-10 meters making it an ideal DX ing antenna. In addition the Azimuth pattern is semi omnidirectionl so it does not require a rotor as would a rotatable dipole. Elevation patterns are also cleaner with less lobes than an equivilant straight flat top dipole on the bands 17-10 meters. At only 7 1/2 feet per side it is fairly compact and easy to mount not requiring two or more supports as a standard dipole. The radiation patterns are very similiar to a 33 foot vertical dipole but in the horizontal mounting it is a much quieter antenna than any vertical. The transmission line does not have to extend straight out from the center (for a half wave length) as a vertical dipole's transmission line. Being a full half wave length on the lowerst band, it is not a compromised antenna as many of the other limited space antennas.
This square loop can be fed with 450 ohm window line for 5
band operation. The window line runs from the antenna to a tuner
balun fixed as close as possible to your radio with a built in
tuner or your outboard tuner. Then coax (a short of run as possible)
from the balun to radio or tuner.
The antenna can also be used for 20 meter operation only with 50 ohm coax feed and no tuner is required. Adjust Beta match shorting bar for lowest SWR.